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You've Never Known a
Dinosaur Like This Before
Dec 2, 2022 9:16 AM CST
You've Never Known a Dinosaur Like This Before
'Natovenator polydontus' is first found with streamlined ribcage for swimming and diving
- Paleontologists have discovered a dinosaur unlike any other known so far. Its Latin and Greek name,
, means "swimming hunter with many teeth." Yes, swimming. "I think like a swimming Velociraptor is a pretty good characterization," Philip Currie of the University of Alberta, co-author of...
This May Be
in T. Rex Evolution
Nov 29, 2022 10:05 AM CST
This May Be 'Missing Link' in T. Rex Evolution
Ancestor 'Daspletosaurus wilsoni' offers further evidence of linear evolution
- Paleontologists have uncovered a new species of tyrannosaur that they say serves as a "missing link" in the evolution of
. Experts from the Badlands Dinosaur Museum in North Dakota were digging at the Judith River Formation in Montana in 2017 when paleontologist Jack Wilson spotted a flat...
Fossil Discovery Spurs
Believers in Nessie
Aug 5, 2022 1:39 PM CDT
Fossil Discovery Spurs Believers in Nessie
Study suggests ancient plesiosaurs lived in freshwater bodies of water, though not Loch Ness
- A new study offering some of the best evidence yet for ancient long-necked reptiles living in freshwater lakes has been seized upon by believers in the Loch Ness Monster. Plesiosaurs, small-headed beasts with flippers that disappeared from the fossil record 66 million years ago, certainly inhabited Earth's oceans. There...
Gorgosaurus Sale a 'Disaster'
Jul 29, 2022 12:50 PM CDT
Paleontologist Calls Gorgosaurus Sale a 'Disaster'
Rare skeleton was sold for $6.1M
- A rare and exquisite Gorgosaurus skeleton sold for $6.1 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York City Thursday—but since the anonymous buyer apparently wasn't a museum or an unusually wealthy paleontologist, scientists say they find the sale concerning. Gorgosaurus was a distant—and faster—relative...
This Could Change Theory
on the Origin of Humankind
Jul 2, 2022 10:00 AM CDT
This Could Change Theory on the Origin of Humankind
Australopithecus africanus fossils in South Africa are a million years older than we thought
- The earliest species of human is thought to have evolved from East Africa based on fossil findings, including that of the famous Lucy, an
who lived in what is now Ethiopia some 3.2 million years ago. But that theory might now be shifting thanks to new findings...
'Hector' Just Sold
for Really Big Bucks
May 14, 2022 9:30 AM CDT
Remains of 'Hector' Just Sold for Really Big Bucks
Skeleton of dino that inspired velociraptors in 'Jurassic Park' was bought for $12.4M at auction
- "Hector" has been sold. The skeleton of the
dinosaur species, said to be the inspiration for the velociraptors in 1993's
, was auctioned off by Christie's on Thursday to an undisclosed buyer for $12.4 million, more than double the price the auction house...
Scientist: This Dinosaur Died
on the Day of Asteroid Strike
Apr 7, 2022 12:23 PM CDT
Scientist: This Dinosaur Died on the Day of Asteroid Strike
Leg was among many finds at North Dakota site that preserved the 'death blow'
- The asteroid that hit the Earth around 66 million years ago brought an abrupt end to the Cretaceous period—and to the life of a
dinosaur whose incredibly well-preserved leg was found at a North Dakota site. Researchers say they can pinpoint the day of the dinosaur's death...
Lost Continent Explains
a 34M-Year-Old Extinction
Mar 7, 2022 2:55 PM CST
Lost Continent Explains a 34M-Year-Old Extinction
Researchers discover Balkanatolia, an ancient island turned land bridge
- About 34 million years ago, native fauna disappeared from Western Europe, as mammals from Asia took over. The extinction, known as the Grande Coupure or "great break," might as well have been called the great puzzle. For decades, researchers have been unable to explain how animals from eastern...
T. Rex Is Actually 3 Species
Mar 2, 2022 8:52 AM CST
Controversial Take: T. Rex Is Actually 3 Species
Research team wants 'tyrant lizard king' joined by an 'emperor' and 'queen'
- Tyrannosaurus rex is the most intensively studied dinosaur in the world. Yet generations of paleontologists have failed to notice that T. rex is not a unique species but actually three, according to new research published Tuesday in
. "This paper is likely to rock the paleo community, and...
Pterodactyl Find Is a
'Discovery of the Century'
Feb 22, 2022 2:54 PM CST
Pterodactyl Find Is a 'Discovery of the Century'
Fossil shows pterosaurs evolved huge wingspans much earlier than previously thought
- Paleontologists are heralding the "discovery of the century" in Scotland: a fossil of a pterodactyl with a wingspan wider than a king-size bed. The fossil, some 70% complete, is not only the best-preserved of any pterosaur but the largest of any pterosaur to come from the Jurassic period, per...
Dies in Kenya at Age 77
Jan 2, 2022 5:10 PM CST
Noted Paleoanthropolgist Dies in Kenya at Age 77
Richard Leakey was the son of world-famous anthropology couple
- Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, known for his fossil-finding and conservation work in his native Kenya, has died at 77, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced Sunday evening. The cause of death was not announced. Leakey, the son of globally known anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey, also held a number of public service...
At This Sight, Geologist's
'Eyes Fell Out of My Head'
in case you missed it
Dec 19, 2021 3:50 PM CST
At This Sight, Geologist's 'Eyes Fell Out of My Head'
'Treasure trove' of dinosaur tracks discovered in Poland
- Hundreds of millions of years ago, "a very special sequence of events" took place in what's now the village of Borkowice in central-east Poland. As a result, geologists have discovered several hundred well-preserved dinosaur footprints—showing the extinct animals "running, swimming, resting, and sitting" in muddy earth,...
This Dino Species Has
'Something Never Seen Before'
in case you missed it
Dec 5, 2021 11:40 AM CST
This Dino Species Has 'Something Never Seen Before'
Fossil of dog-sized stegouros shows it had a tail that could slash, slice like an ancient Aztec weapon
- A fossil found in Chile is from a strange-looking dog-sized dinosaur species that had a unique slashing tail weapon, scientists reported Wednesday. Some dinosaurs had spiked tails they could use as stabbing weapons, and others had tails with clubs. The new species, described in a study in the journal
Fossil Could Be Oldest
Known Animal by 350M Years
Jul 28, 2021 7:20 PM CDT
Fossil Could Be Oldest Known Animal by 350M Years
Possible remains of ancient sponge found in Canada's far north
- Fossils discovered in the far north of Canada could push back the proven timeline of animals on Earth back by around 350 million years—a period of time longer than that between the first dinosaurs and the present day. Geologist Elizabeth Turner says the tiny fossils found in the Northwest...
For Dinosaurs, Asteroid
Was Just a Final Blow
Jul 1, 2021 1:26 PM CDT
For Dinosaurs, Asteroid Was Just a Final Blow
Study suggests species were struggling before the big collision
- You've heard how an asteroid strike 66 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs . But there's more to the story, according to a new study, which suggests non-avian dinosaurs weren't doing so hot before sulfates and dust filled the atmosphere—some 10 million years before, in fact....
Was as Big as
in case you missed it
Jun 13, 2021 5:13 PM CDT
Dinosaur Found in Outback Was as Big as Basketball Court
Australotitan is biggest dino ever found in Australia
- "This is a fantastic beast. Imagine something the size of a basketball court walking around on land," says Scott Hocknall, part of a team of paleontologists that confirmed the discovery of the biggest dinosaur ever found in Australia.
was between 80 and 100 feet long and...
Mass T. Rex Death Site
Births a Terrifying Theory
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Apr 25, 2021 10:30 AM CDT
Mass T. Rex Death Site Births a Terrifying Theory
The dino predators may have hunted in packs: researchers
- Imagine being chased by a Tyrannosaurus rex. Now imagine being chased by six. That might've been the scenario for T. rex prey, according to new research suggesting the dino predator hunted in packs like wolves. The theory stems from a site discovered in 2014 at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National...
'Eagle Shark' Swam
in Ancient Seas
in case you missed it
Mar 21, 2021 2:54 PM CDT
'Eagle Shark' Swam in Ancient Seas
93-million-year-old shark would have resembled manta and devil rays
- It swam slowly through the seas with a tail fin resembling those of modern sharks and side fins that stretched outward like the wings of modern birds. It's no wonder, then, that this bizarre creature, which died in what is now Mexico some 93 million years ago, has been...
Paleontologists Gain Insight
Into a Dinosaur's Butt
Jan 21, 2021 10:05 AM CST
Paleontologists Gain Insight Into a Dinosaur's Butt
They're able to re-create in 3D a cloacal opening
- It's a first for paleontology, and one that might produce a giggle. For the first time, scientists have been able to describe in fine detail a dinosaur's cloaca. If you're not familiar with that body part, CNET translates: It's essentially "a jack-of-all-trades butthole." The...
Woolly Rhino Found
With Organs Intact
Dec 30, 2020 2:54 PM CST
Woolly Rhino Found With Organs Intact
It's one of the best-preserved Ice Age animals ever found in Siberia
- A well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino with many of its internal organs still intact has been recovered from permafrost in Russia's extreme north. Russian media reported Wednesday that the carcass was revealed by melting permafrost in Yakutia in August. Scientists are waiting for ice roads in the Arctic region...
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